Blake’s 7 Reboot In The Works From Bond Director Martin Campbell

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

During my high school and college years, my friend Jason became a sort of de factor tour guide through some of the dustiest, most obscure corners of science fiction film and television. Jason was the guy with a walk-in closet stacked floor to ceiling with VHS copies of, well, damn near every episode of every SF-related show that had ever hit the airwaves. Jason was the guy who introduced me to the British series Blake’s 7 *, and he’s the guy with whom I’m looking forward to debating the merits of this newly announced Blake’s 7 reboot from Bond director Martin Campbell and writer Joe Pokaski.

As reported by Deadline, Campbell is working with Georgeville Television to shop a reboot of the British SF series that ran for four seasons between 1978 and 1981. Blake’s 7 was created by prolific Doctor Who writer/Dalek creator Terry Nation, and was enormously popular in the U.K. and Europe. Blake’s 7 was a sort of “Dirty Dozen in space,” or perhaps a “Farscape a few decades earlier.” The Blake in question is Roj Blake (Gareth Thomas), a political dissident who teams with his fellow convicts and steals an alien starship and goes on the run. The show is fondly remembered for its complex characters, ambiguous morality, and dystopian pessimism.

Blake’s 7‘s influences can be seen stretching across the ensuing decades of SF television, casting ripples through shows such as Babylon 5, Firefly, Farscape, and Battlestar Galactica. If done properly, a new Blake’s 7 series could find a whole new generation of fans who’ve never even heard of the original show. As with everything, however, it will all come down to execution. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed…

 

* To return the favor, I later convinced Jason to give Babylon 5 a second chance, and in an extremely unexpected twist of fate we’ve both had the pleasure of working for JMS on these books. Life’s funny sometimes…

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